F250 Word from Ford Dealer

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 01:24
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I have just received an email from the Ford dealer in Sydney where I purchased my beloved secondhand F250 from back in March stating that they have received word from Ford that there will be no more new F250's coming into Australia just like what happened in the 90's.

The F series is finished he said.

The price of secondhand F250 has increased and a check on the carsales web site shows this also.

Mine is sitting in a warehouse in Perth collecting dust while still working overseas so to all fellow F250 owner we have a rare beast at the moment that has increased in value.

Looking forward to the factory visit mid July to get things moving.

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Reply By: Bushtracker - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 17:45

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 17:45
Searching the Ford Forums in the U.S. has revealed some interesting things... First of all, the International Trucks PowerStroke diesel we have is very sought after, because it can be powered up to nearly 500 HP and rediculous torque for the Tractor Pull competitions and such; and secondly because the engines seem to be of the million kilometre sort. They say to expect sort of the 600,000 miles and they have one that gets regular service, original at 960,000 miles. That would be 1.4 million kilometres...

Of all the truck engines in this class, this is the largest, and strongest design. They lost it in 2003 and the 6.0 litre replacement is not as long lived. They are envious we got the 7.3 PS through 2006...

Ford Australia does not know when the new Ford twin turbo 6.4 litre will be out. But I would expect our Fords to continue to go up in price, as demand for the 4.5 tonne towing capacity keeps on building. As they crack down on the rice grinders towing too big of vans, trailers, horse floats, and such; people will be looking for the larger capacity. All is rumours now, but I gather the new one will be out in 2007, but we will not see any right hand drive ones until 2008 earliest... "The F-Series is finished"? Not hardly, it is still the Worlds Number One serious work truck for Public and Private sector vehicles from Paramedics to oil pipelines... Ha!

I might just keep my 7.3 going.... Tried and true suits me, and mile mileage with the latest Mod is fantastic. The safety of the longer wheelbase on a larger van, that added control and leverage, could save your life...

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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Jun 18, 2006 at 07:53

Sunday, Jun 18, 2006 at 07:53
At the recent Brisbane caravan show I asked at the Kedron stand why I should buy a Kedron instead of a Bushtracker. The answer was along the lines “Oh, they are a good van, but you need a big Ford to tow ‘em” Now I know that this is not true for the Bustrackers at the smaller end of the range, but it is becoming a perception for some.

There are a lot of people out there who do not want a big Ford. Some, like me, who after buying a Bushtracker simply couldn’t afford it, and others for reasons of their own.

After spending some time with Paul in the 16’ Bushtracker at the show, we have definitely settled on one. We were more than happy with it and it looked huge and luxurious in comparison with the Cub Drifter we had previously. We have a petrol (heaven forbid) LC 100 and although it may not be the ideal tow vehicle, I believe it will safely do the job. I’m sure we will be able to cope with the sneers of the Ford drivers as they rush past to their next camp site.

The point I’d like to make Steve, is that I can’t believe it is good business practice to publicly denigrate (“rice burners towing too big of vans”) the many Patrols and Landcruisers etc, which when coupled to the right Bushtracker are more than capable of doing the job.
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Follow Up By: Turist - Sunday, Jun 18, 2006 at 19:13

Sunday, Jun 18, 2006 at 19:13
Col I think that the "Rice Burner", Yank Tank", "Found On Rubbish Dumps", "Chevs for Shielas" thing is a bit like the Melbourne V Sydney thing.

No harm, just a bit of mud getting tossed around.
Unfortunately some take it seriously.

And that line should be "Sydney V melbourne" as Sydney always comes first.

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Follow Up By: Bushtracker - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 19:21

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 19:21
Hello Col,
If you read much of this Forum, you will soon find that I DO NOT advise the "Big Fords" for smaller vans.... And I still say all the time that: "Toyota is our Number One most popular tow vehicle".... If you read on, you will find many times, that I only advise the Fords for vans over about 21', for safety reasons. So please don't be so hasty there, read on a bit more... Someone might get the wrong idea..

As to the whinge about Rice Grinders, take a joke Mate, all in Fun, I ribbed Bob, Turist who is the President of this Site for month about Chevrolet being a Sheila's truck... Lighten up, it is just a Ford -Chevy thing for fun that has been around for 50 years or more.. You say that I "publicly denigrate (“rice burners towing too big of vans”) .... It is tongue in cheek EXCEPT FOR THIS: I am talking about them running down the road with 24' vans and 24' Shark Cats boats on the back and such. Read a bit more of the Forum, and you will see that I DO NOT advise Ford for any smaller van, and that it only becomes a consideration on large vans at about 20' or 21' or larger.

In all fairness, I thank you for your concern, but you jumped the gun a bit on this one. A Ford would be silly for a 16' van, the Ford would be almost bigger than the van! I would not venture to suggest the larger tow vehicles have any merit ANY CONSIDERATION until about the 20' mark and up, and then you should thank me for looking after your health and well being for safety. As to "sneers from Ford Drivers rushing to their campsites..." I don't know of one of maybe 90 or so, that would have such a stupid and silly attitude. In fact I am not sure if there are more than a half dozen Fords towing a van less than 20 feet, most up in the 21'-22' and larger.. Come on now, lets be fair......

As to what Kedron have said at the Shows? We did get a few laughs at the Show about things they said to Customer. Most of it discredits them. They have to say something, I am repeatedly told by people that we are far better in quality of construction at every single phase, to anyone that takes the time to look. I had not heard you needed a Ford to tow a Bushtracker, that is funny as we weigh about the same. But we enjoy the laughs..

Anyways, Welcome to the BOG, and for the record if you read down other Postings you will find that I many times say Toyota is our Number One most common tow vehicle, and I only say Ford, Chev, or Dodge type trucks are in the running for vans over the 20-21' mark... OK? Just want to set the record straight for anyone that might read this Thread. Don't take it personal, just the facts... And you will enjoy your Bushtracker experience, it is the reason for our success, trying to do the right thing by people...

Wecome aboard, and Happy Trails
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Follow Up By:- Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 23:03

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 23:03
Steve, I take all your points except to say that my crack about the Fords was also meant to be “tongue in cheek”

In any case I apologize for trying to tell you how to run your business. Commonsense should have told me that with 8 or 9 months forward orders you can’t be doing too much wrong.


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Follow Up By: Bushtracker - Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 23:18

Monday, Jun 19, 2006 at 23:18
Thank you for that Col, I might have come on a little strong, Monday morning madness..

We are never above constructive critique, and my job is constant research, trying to do it better.. Know that it is our Customers are the ones that have made our business. We never have had a Sales Staff.

We have always thought that if we tried our very hardest to build the best Product possible, that the best Sales Staff was our Customers... You sound very level headed, and once again Welcome Aboard. Let me know at sales@bushtracker.com if there is any additional information, or pictures, and anything we can help you with... And welcome to the BOG. I have HUGE resources of information and pictures and over 500-600 layouts to help you with, and I would like to invite you to come to the Factory or send me Email.. My Staff and myself are here at your service with any way that we can help.

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Reply By: Luvntravln - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 19:39

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 19:39

Waiting for final information on the lastest Mod!

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Follow Up By: Bushtracker - Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 20:54

Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 at 20:54
Don't hold your breath Jay, I have less than no time... Ha!

I am training horses every night now. At the Fraser Coast Reining Spectacular last week, my Daughters cleaned house. Jem took 1st in Beginner Youth, and Beginner Rider against Adults, and Jewel took 2nd in both. Then Jem took 1st in Juniour Youth and Youth. To top it, Jem took 2nd in the Rookie Class (Adult Class), and Jewel took out the 5th Place... We will be training horses 7 days a week until the Nationals in July.

I won't have any time for the horses under the bonnet of the Ford, and the results of the AIS and dual snorkel input, will have to be put off until the unknown future... There is only One Lone Ranger... And he is as busy as a cat on a hot tin roof... Ha!

It is more likely someone else has been put on that trail, and will have the results for us before I can get to it...

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